We are looking for talented and dedicated students interested in pursuing careers in the life sciences sector. Host companies and organizations range from early-stage startups to large pharmaceutical and biotech firms to businesses that serve the industry in specific capacities, including marketing, public relations, or capital investment. More than 40 companies served as hosts in 2018.

Eligible majors and areas of study include, but are not limited to:

Science Track

  • Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science / Data Science / Statistics
  • Immunology (including Immuno-oncology, Immuno-virology, etc.)
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Regulatory
  • Other life sciences / STEM fields

Management Track

  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Communications
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Computer Science/IT
  • Supply Chain / Operations
  • Public Affairs/Regulatory
  • Public Policy
  • Human Resources
  • Journalism

Of students who participated in the 2018 cohort of the LifeSci NYC Internship Program:

  • 95% rated the program "Very good" or "Good"
  • 96% said the experience will have a positive impact on their career trajectory
  • 93% said the program made them "somewhat," "much," or "a great deal" more aware of career options for students interested in the life sciences


  • Open to students currently enrolled in a New York City-based college or university, or New York City residents currently enrolled in any college or university
  • Students must be US citizens or US permanent residents (including DACA participants), or holders of visas that allow completion of the internship without sponsorship
  • Preference will be given to rising juniors, seniors, and graduate students. LifeSci NYC may consider those who have already graduated if they are within a year of graduation, meet all other criteria, and are willing to commit to the program for the full duration of the internship period.
  • Students must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Students should have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. Students with a GPA under 3.0 may apply but must write an explanation of extenuating circumstances.
  • Participants in the LifeSci NYC Internship Program may not take classes or hold other jobs for the duration of the program, must commit to the work requirements of their host site, and are expected to attend and actively engage in all scheduled seminars, events, and activities, and remain active as program alumni.

Program Details

  • Internships will take place June–August 2019. All internships will be full-time,10-week paid positions.
  • Host companies can be located anywhere within commuting distance of New York City.
  • Companies that served as past hosts for Summer 2018 Pilot Program include:

    Acorda Therapeutics, Actinium, Acuamark, Allied Microbiota, Axon Communications, Axovant, AzurRx, Basepair, BioBus, BioHealthWays, BioBAT, Biotech Without Borders, Bonbouton, Celmatix, Children's Tumor Foundation, Columbia University George M. O'Brien Urology Center, Concentric Health, Cureatr, Deerfield, Envisagenics, EpiVax Oncology, ERBuddy, Fesarius, Immuneering, KiiLN, Kinnos, Lucerna, MDCalc, Mirimus, Mt. Sinai Innovation Partners, MyMee, Neochromosome, New York Blood Center, New York Genome Center, the New York Stem Cell Foundation, OneThree Bioetch, Pfizer, RxData, UroGen Pharma, Viome, and Wellth

  • Interns will be invited to participate in a dynamic range of events including a pre-internship Boot Camp (May 28 -30, 2019), networking receptions, industry career panels, and site tours, and will have opportunities to meet industry leaders and more.
  • Please note that the LifeSci NYC Internship Program cannot provide housing, meals, and/or transportation costs for the summer. Students must make their own arrangements for accommodations, meals, and travel.

Sample internships may include:



  • R&D: Conduct research on coagulation, polymer chemistry, rheology, biochemistry, and material science.
  • R&D: Perform research on functional annotation of the human genome with respect to fertility potential.
  • Molecular Biology/Biochemistry/Cell Biology: Design, clone and test constructs using molecular and cell bio techniques; conduct protein expression, purification and characterization studies; develop and optimize experimental conditions to improve assay development workflow.
  • Bioinformatics: Build pipelines and tools to manage large volumes of sequencing data and assist with generating and assessing meta-data to support R&D efforts.
  • Data Science: Collect and analyze data which demonstrates the value of clinical decision tools in addressing public health issues; conduct outreach with calculator creators for virtual interviews and feedback; develop data-driven process for ongoing identification and prioritization of new EBM content and tools.
  • Neuroscience: Receive training and mentorship by Ph.D.-level scientists while developing own independent neuroscience projects using research-grade microscopes. Gain teaching and leadership experience by serving as co-instructors in organization's weekend and summer programs,
  • Medical Device Design: Assist in designing and assembling proprietary hardware for use in hospitals and nursing homes.
  • Regulatory Affairs: Assist regulatory department on all operational aspects of regulatory affairs, including establishment of electronic submission capabilities, publishing and submission of documents to the FDA and other regulatory authorities.
  • Quality Assurance: Help maintain central document control system, implement OSHA requirements, participate in inspections and report any non-conformances.
  • Manufacturing: Assist with supply chain logistics, optimization of processes / process flows, creation and revision of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and batch records, and equipment installation and qualification.



  • Business Development: Provide support for patent status and descriptions for marketing & licensing purposes. Analyze technologies for market potential. Develop commercial evaluation reports.
  • Market Research: Perform market research, develop marketplace analysis, provide strategic assessment, use market research data to support existing and new marketing sales strategies.
  • Public Relations/Communications: Assist through brainstorming, research, creating competitor profiles, and assisting in development of proposal submissions. Exposure to consulting, team management, general financial and HR management.
  • Finance: Develop new financial projections and budget model for existing and new clinical programs. Develop risk-adjusted valuation models for clinical programs. 

These are examples of internships that have been offered in the past. Some may not be available this year, and each has specific academic and skill requirements. There may also be positions available that require students to be knowledgeable in specialties not mentioned here.

For details on the process, please see the Overview and Program Details page. For any questions not addressed here or in the FAQ, and for program updates, please contact us or email [email protected]

Interview Preparation Guide

We've put together an Interview Preparation Guide which can assist students with the interview process. For more interview tips, we encourage students to watch the following video.

Special thanks to Cindy Anzel of The New York Stem Cell Foundation for making this video to share her advice with LifeSci NYC Internship Program applicants